By now we’d hoped to have had our Christmas Competition, a replacement for our usual advent prize draw, in place and up and running. Unfortunately time and a nice bout of flu has taken it’s toll on the Loquax Team and as you’ve noticed there’s no Christmas giveaway – and we’re sorry to say that there won’t be one.
However, we have been very reflective and instead we have decided that we’d like to do something a little bit different.
So we’ve taken the advent/Christmas prize fund and decided to donate the money to what we think is a worthy cause. We looked at a number of options and decided to pick a UK charity and one that will be helping people at Christmas and beyond. Therefore we have donated the sum of £512 to the Christmas Appeal for the charity, Crisis.
The money will pay for 25 people to have a place at Crisis at Christmas. That’s 25 homeless people who will be given a chance to “shower, freshen up and get clean clothes” as well as have “hot meals, including Christmas dinner”. They’ll also be given help with “housing, gaining skills and finding work”. Compare that to 25 small prizes for an advent prize draw and hopefully you’ll understand why we’ve decided to take this route.
During the year we all have access to 100s and 1000s of chances to win lovely prizes so a few less in the prize pot during December won’t change that. It will, however, mean that folk who don’t have a place to live or struggle to survive day to day can get support on what can be a very lonely day. We think on reflection that it’s a good decision.
We know some of you may prefer that we ran a Christmas competition or did our usual Advent Prize Draws, but we hope the majority of people support us for this decision. You can see the donation made by Kirsty Darbyshire via the Crisis At Christmas Site. If you’re able to why not add your own donation?